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The Grapes of Death (1978)

Les raisins de la mort (original title)
R | | Horror | 5 July 1978 (France)
A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies.


Jean Rollin


Jean-Pierre Bouyxou (story), Jean Rollin (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Marie-Georges Pascal Marie-Georges Pascal ... Élisabeth (as Marie George Pascal)
Félix Marten ... Paul (as Felix Marten)
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Lucien
Mirella Rancelot Mirella Rancelot ... Lucie
Patrice Valota Patrice Valota ... Pierre
Patricia Cartier Patricia Cartier ... Antoinette
Michel Herval Michel Herval ... Michel
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Lucas
Brigitte Lahaie ... La grande femme blonde (as Brigitte Lahaye)
Olivier Rollin Olivier Rollin ... Le mort-vivant qui se fracasse le crâne
François Pascal François Pascal ... L'homme du train
Evelyne Thomas Evelyne Thomas ... Brigitte
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou Jean-Pierre Bouyxou ... Le mort borgne / Le mort-vivant à la faux


A city girl is traveling by train to live with her boyfriend on his vineyard. Unknown to her that workers on her boyfriend's farm has gotten sick due to pesticides. After her fellow commuter is killed by a man with ulcers on his face, she leaves the train by pulling the emergency break n flees to a village for help but gets shocked to find that the village people has turned into crazy lunatics. Written by Fella_shibby@yahoo.com

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When the wine flows, the terror begins ...




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Did You Know?


In total the film has six different titles: The Grapes of Death, Pestizide, Pesticide, The Raisins of Death, Foltermühle der gefangenen Frauen and Les raisins de la mort. See more »


During the long zoom in the scene where Élisabeth meets the blind girl at the deserted valley, a man can be seen walking in the distance. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the Film is banned in Germany, an uncut DVD Release was released. The DVD is not proved. A cut Version is released with an FSK Rating and signed with "neue Version". See more »


References The Crazies (1973) See more »

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One of Jean Rollin's Best!
29 January 2002 | by c blamerSee all my reviews

This neglected cult classic is finally available for the first time in the States, on DVD with a gorgeous looking (and sounding) transfer by Synapse Films. It looks great - probably better than it did in the theatres. Not exactly a zombie flick, but that is the closest genre you could categorize it. It follows the trials of Elizabeth, a young woman traveling by rail across the French countryside, en route to meet with her fiancé, who runs a winery. Before she reaches her destination however, she encounters a homicidal man who has just murdered her traveling companion, and whose face disintegrates before her horrified eyes as he chases her off the train. Lost in the rural expanse, the woman encounters various peasants who seem to have become trapped between life and death, driven mad by the pain of decaying alive, and more than eager to throttle her and visit various abuses upon her body (implied by the fact that any uninfected individual she comes across in her adventure inevitably takes the proverbial bullet for her - by pitchfork, hatchet, or whatever lethal tool the living `dead' have at hand at the moment). Finally, it is revealed that her fiancé has been pumping out wine tainted by pesticides, which has been consumed en masse earlier at a festival by the unfortunate villagers (talk about becoming dead drunk.). This is easily one of Rollin's most accessible films, but may not be to the tastes of anyone weaned on Empty-Vee styled horror flicks. But for the discriminating palate, this is definitely recommended -- leisurely paced, atmospheric, and with liberal dollops of gore and mayhem to boot, this is late 70's horror at its best.

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5 July 1978 (France) See more »

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